CAIR is calling for the teacher’s firing. What was untrue in the handout? Nothing — those numbers are based on a recent Pew poll. But the Hamas-tied terror org CAIR is desperate to silence and destroy anyone and everyone who dares speak the truth about the jihad threat.
RICHMOND, Texas – A lesson taught within the halls of Foster High School has students talking outside the classroom.
In question is a lesson students say covered radical Islam, taught by a teacher they say is known to do things differently.
“No other teacher teaches like he does,” said Byron Randle, a student at Foster High School.
This time, though, his approach has ruffled feathers. Some even called it anti-Muslim.
The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, believes the lesson was offensive.
CAIR said the teacher handed out a pamphlet that blasts the religion. One point labeled Muhammad a fake prophet. Another said Islam is not a religion.
“He’s been open about accepting everything,” said Jason Paul, a student of the teacher.
Supporters of the teacher in question say the point of the lesson was to show students a different viewpoint — one which they could take or leave.
“He wanted us to make our own opinion. Everything he gives us he wants us to make our own opinion. He’s like the one of the most neutral guys I know,” Byron Randle said.
Those on the other side considered the pamphlet offensive.
“I don’t think that is right. I think he should have repercussions,” said MacKenzie Baker, a student.
“It’s all up to the perspective of the student if you’re putting out information that could be misconstrued as politically unjust you got to expect a bit of blow back,” said Daniel Hicks, a student.
Parents, meantime, want the district to tell them more about what happened.
“I’m kind of surprised that the district has not come out and said anything. Say something. Let us know what happened,” said Trudy McDade, a parent and supporter of the teacher.
Lamar CISD released a statement on the issue:
“We’re disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans.
As soon as this issue was brought to our attention, the administration addressed the situation with the teacher.
Ensuring our students have access to factual information, given in the proper context, is a priority in our District.
Arbitrary curriculum decisions, which are clearly outside of the guidelines, won’t be tolerated.”
“Teacher accused of giving students Anti-Muslim handouts,” Alice Barr, KHOU 11 News 10:34 a.m. CDT April 8, 2015:
FORT BEND COUNTY – When the bell rings, kids flood out of Foster High School in Richmond with their lessons from the day.
But what one teacher is accused of sending home recently, had some parents raising the alarm.
It’s an eight-page handout titled: “Islam/Radical Islam (Did You Know)” and the material was not approved by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.
“I understand why there would be a problem with that,” said Foster High School parent Leo Conde.
The handout does not list any sources, but claims things like: “38% of Muslims believe people that leave the faith should be executed” and that: “There are an estimated 190-300 million ‘radical Islam’ followers.”
The handout talks about Sharia Law, terrorism, jihad, even beheadings and “If taken hostage by radical Islamists, what to do.”
One of the students in the classroom was Muslim. Her parents contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who complained to the school.
CAIR’s Houston director told KHOU 11 News that the Foster HS principal confirmed what the teacher handed out, and said that he is not happy about it.
“I could see it being offensive. It wasn’t right,” said Foster HS student Sonica Onyewuenyi.
A Lamar ISD spokesman released the following statement to KHOU 11 News: “We’re disappointed to learn one teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans. As soon as this issue was brought to our attention, the administration addressed the situation with the teacher. Ensuring our students have access to factual information, given in the proper context, is a priority in our District. Arbitrary curriculum decisions, which are clearly outside of the guidelines, won’t be tolerated.”
“I don’t think it should have been passed out. I think we should just let people do their religion thing,” said Foster HS grandmother Janie Pena.
“I would prefer to not have anything brought to the kids that was not approved by the school board — good bad or indifferent — and we need to be fair to everyone,” said Luana Schramme, whose kids graduated from Foster.
The District added that the teacher will face “appropriate disciplinary measures.”
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.